Sri Lanka Trip, September 2002
-- A Brief Photo Report
The trip has been
Abeywickrama, whose attachment to a large banking cooperation took him to
different areas of the island, was able to spread the Truth of God wherever
there were people who would listen to the Word. He was able to gather
together the few groups that were new to the Truth and also those that
broke away from false leadership.
convened in a hilly resort in the district of Kandy, some 3-4 hours drive
from the capital city of Colombo, depending on the traffic condition.
(Driving is a health hazard on most roads!) The weather was comfortable.
Service began in the afternoon after lunch on 20th September. There was
only a 15 minutes break for tea in between and continued till about 8 pm.
On the second day the gathering started at 8.30 am. On the third day we closed the
convention at 1 pm and the believers headed home after their lunch.
As most of the
believers spoke either Tamil or Sinhalese, the preaching of the Word was
interpreted into the two languages. Bro. Sunderaraj, who is from South
India and is very fluent in his mother tongue, (which is Tamil) took an
afternoon service on the second day, giving me a break. Our stress on the
Word was in Knowing God's Plan and Purpose for our day and of how the Lord
was getting the saints ready to hear the voices of the Seven Thunders for
their Rapturing Faith. Types and shadows were shown from Scriptures to prove
that God has never changed His way in dealing with His people when it came
to the Word of Life.
On the last
service, there came a group which was drifting from pillar to post in
their faith over the message that Bro. Branham brought. The pastor had taken
heed to all sorts of seducing spirits with all sorts of teachings. Quite an unteachable man! Being seduced, he was
then seducing his people with his unscriptural interpretations of the Word.
On the whole, Bro.
Chandula and I were happy with the convention as this was the first time that
the different churches came together. A group from Trincomale, in the
northeastern side of the island, could not come as the people were poor and
could not pay their way to the meeting place. Bro. Chandula and I were to
drive up there (a journey of 5-7 hours depending on the type of vehicle and
road traffic) the following Friday after returning to Colombo to minister to
Bro. Chandula's little group on Tuesday and Wednesday. But due to Bro.
Chandula's mother developing a sudden minor heart attack the trip to
Trincomale was cancelled. The pastor was upset. However, Bro. Sunderaraj had
already made his way up there after the convention and further meetings with those groups who had invited him to stay
in Kandy and Matale. Bro. Sundararaj is a very capable prophet and teacher
of the Word. Not only that, the people in northern part of Sri Lanka are
mainly Tamil speaking. Bro. Sunderaraj is a God-send to them. My presence
there is certainly no longer required (I have been in the north twice in
A preacher (a
relative of Bro. Chandula) who specialized in "deliverance healing" invited
me to preach to his congregation (about 200 people and most of them had only
a certain desire). Knowing the man, I refused. I told Bro. Chandula that
the man professed to believe in the Endtime Message, he had not been doing
anything to teach the message except doing his "deliverance healing"
ministry. Bro. Chandula confessed that he knew several employees in his
office who had been to the preacher to seek deliverance and were even water
baptized but they still remained Buddhist or Hindu in their faith. That
preacher has no interest in the Word but he is a wealthy man from his
"delivering" the oppressed and the sick, no less.
In the morning, on
the last day before my departure from Colombo, I preached to a group of some
50 Christians who broke away from their various UPC churches. The pastor was
a friend of Bro. Chandula who had also shared with them some of the
revelation of the Word. Speaking on the FAITH that Christ expects to find
when He returns (cf. Luke 18:8) I stressed on the errors of traditional
Christianity and the need to get back to the Original Word of God. Knowing
that the name "Branham" was well known among the Pentecostal circle and how
traditional religious teachers had been going around proclaiming he was a
false prophet, I refrained from mentioning the name. There was a thirst
among this group of Christians for the Truth. And I believe that Truth will
always set people free if they have eyes to see and ears to hear what the
Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.
In the evening the
little group of believers in Chandula's home came together for the
Feetwashing and Communion. Towards midnight, we headed for the airport and I
flew home in the morning.